Breakfast at the Kuang Si Waterfalls
Breakfast at the Kuang
Daily morning rituals with spiritual content, complemented with a culinary experience
WHY THIS TOUR?
West of Luang Prabang is one of the city’s most adored natural phenomena. The Kuang Si Waterfalls are the beautiful sight where you can hike, swim and soak up the beauty of surrounding area. The waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals.
With visitors coming and going around the clock, we have devised an early morning breakfast experience that will tantalize not only your taste buds. This version of ‘Breakfast with a Waterfall View’ starts early before the crowds arrive and secure a secluded spot to dine with only the sound of nature as your travel companion. And in line with the country’s deeply rooted religious belief of alms giving, this certainly will go in your travel diary as a morning to forget…
An early wake-up call, even before the sun has set, laurels in a wonderful morning among the UNESCO World Heritage protected town of Luang Prabang. Your guide and driver will be ready at around 5am to bring you to one of the main areas where you will join the local residents in the practice of ‘Tak Bat’. Not a day goes by when Luang Prabang residents place themselves at the crack of dawn along the tree-lined streets, waiting to fulfil their Buddhist duty. The Tak Bat – better known as alms giving – is engrained in the daily routine of those calling this UNESCO-protected town their home. This highly-revered daily ritual for the local community is an essential part of being a good Buddhist. Visitors are encouraged to partake in this very early morning ritual, but asked to uphold a great level of respect as hundreds, barefooted monks shuffle along to collect their meal for the day.
After this spiritual ceremony in Luang Prabang, we head over for a short ride to one of the town’s most famous coffee spots for a quick wake-me-up. The sounds of shutters opening up for another day, local residents moving slowly back into their homes after the Tak Bat is for us the time to head over to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, around 30 kilometres outside of Luang Prabang, and the Carpe Diem Restaurant, for a sumptuous Laotian breakfast with the sound of clashing water as your natural companion. Ample time after breakfast is reserved at the waterfall where one can simply chill or head up to one of the tiers.
We head back to Luang Prabang town at around 10am, just in time before visitors from all around the world make their way to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, giving you the feeling of having the waterfall area almost for yourself.